Sunday, January 29, 2006

Learning Tolerance (of Others' Mistreatment of You)

Two days before the Denver Broncos played the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC title game, a teenager in Beaver Falls, about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, made the mistake of wearing a John Elway jersey to school.

His teacher forced him to sit on the floor while taking a test, and then encouraged other kids to throw paper at him while he called him a "stinking Denver fan."

This wouldn't qualify as a particularly entertaining story, except for one fact: This was an ethnicity class. When pushed to talk about this very coincidence, the teacher issued this beauty:
"If he felt uncomfortable, then that’s a lesson; that’s what (the class) is designed to do," Kelly told The Denver Post. "It was silly fun. I can’t believe he was upset."
I'd love to see some of this teacher's lesson plans -- Rosa Parks: Couldn't She Take a Joke?, etc.


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